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MJ1103 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 10.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ1103 (Autumn 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Part 1: Introductory Mechanical Engineering: This part of the course gives an overview of the field of mechanical engineering. After completing this course element the student should know about basic mechanical systems and components and additionally use basic equations from mechanics, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and industrial production for simple estimations. The book “An introduction to Mechanical Engineering” (J. Wickert) is being used for this course element. The examination takes place in form a written exam (4 ECTS). A two-day study trip to a paper mill in Sweden is also part of this course element.

 Part 2a: Problem solving with MATLAB: This course element gives the student an introduction to programming and how to use matrices and loop constructs to solve some mathematical and mechanical engineering problems. Examination takes place in front of the computer (1.5 ECTS). This course element introduces the first part of the course book “MATLAB Programming for Engineers “(S.J. Chapman) while the rest of the book is used in the course “DN1212 Numerical methods and basic programming”.

Part 2b: Graphical communication (3D-CAD): In the course element the students learn how to use the software SolidWorks to be able to present a construction with mechanical drawings, a three-dimensional model and also be able to animate the model. The examination consists of both compulsory computer lab exercises and a home assignment (1.5 ECTS).

Part 3: Construction project: A vehicle is to be created. The student practices constructional work from idea/concept to a final and functional product. Furthermore the student experiences group dynamics, co-operation, creativity and fantasy. Finally the student learns how to communicate in a written report and to present his/her work orally. The examination (2 ECTS) consists of a vehicle, a competition, a project report including sketches, CAD-drawings on the vehicle and an oral presentation.

Part 4: Sustainable Development: In thecoursemoduleIntroduction toSustainableDevelopment is sustainable development introduced holisticallyin a waythat is appropriateforengineering students.The moduleprovides basicknowledge in the fieldand the opportunityfor reflection and debateon sustainability issuesthat are central toengineers.The book”Hållbar utveckling – en introduktion för ingenjörer” (Dahlin) is used.(1.5 ECTS)

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to

  • Define (and for higher grade, explain) a certain amount of concepts within the area of mechanical engineering such as force, moment, equilibrium, free body diagram, strain, stress, elasticity, energy, heat, power, work, laminar flow, turbulence, production and gears among many parameters brought up in the course.
  • Use these definitions for calculations within respective area (mechanics, energy etc) and here also is included the ability to translate units from the American unit system to SI.
  • Apply 3D-CAD for drawing, 3D illustration and for higher grade be able to animate the illustration.
  • Use MATLAB for technical calculations involving vectors and matrices, and for higher grade be able to use loop constructs.
  • Create a functional and technically simpler product from his/her or another group member’s idea: From sketch to a final construction. Here is also included project planning.
  • Describe constructional work in a technical report and present a project work orally for a group of people.
  • Search for information and summarize the content in a written report.
  • Reflect on group dynamics and have insight about different roles people have in a team; thereafter the student should be able to work in a team more efficiently.
  • Discuss sustainable development within a few technical areas from an introductory viewpoint

The course will furthermore give the student perspective on the profession of engineering

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entrance requirements for university studies as well as the specific entrance requirements for studies at KTH, the M-programme..

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Recommended prerequisites

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Wickert & Lewis, An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, (SI-upplaga, t.ex. 4 Ed 2016)

Dahlin J.-E. (2014), Hållbar utveckling – en introduktion för ingenjörer

Chapman S. , MATLAB Programming for Engineers , Brookes/Cole, Thompson Learning

CAD compendium will be distributed free of charge as a PDF during the course.

Other material distributed at lectures and exercises

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work 1, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work 2, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PROA - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Exercise, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web MJ1103

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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